The best way to determine whether there is a problem with your home’s plumbing system is to have the system inspected by a qualified professional. This is the best way to catch potential problems while they are still small before they spiral into major issues. Left unattended, plumbing problems can be very costly to fix. Having an inspection, on the other hand, can let you know what may need to be fixed or replaced.
When you do schedule an inspection, it’s a good idea to have an idea of the kinds of things the inspector will be checking for. To that end, here is a handy checklist you can consult when it’s time for the inspection. That way, you can be informed about the types of things that the inspector might find and what possible course of action they may suggest.
Inspect all toilets
Check the supply line, shut-off valve, ballcock, flapper, and flush valve
Check the flush. Are there any leaks?
Is there any condensation on the tank?
Check the kitchen, bathroom, laundry, and garage sinks
Check water supply lines and shut off valves
Check faucets for leaks and drains for clogs
In this case, the kitchen, checks that the waste disposal system is working as it should be
Bathtubs and showers
Check for leaks in the faucets, shower heads, etc.
Check the water pressure in the showerhead
Check the water pressure in faucets
Check drains for proper drainage. Does the water drain quickly, or does it stall? Are there any unusual gurgling noises? That could indicate the beginnings of a clog in the drain.
This is an often overlooked part of the plumbing system in the house, but it must be included in any thorough inspection of a home’s plumbing systems. The water heater is probably one of the most important aspects of the plumbing system to be inspected because the proper running of the water heater can dramatically affect your utility bills. Be sure the shut-off valve and the pressure relief valve are checked, as well as the gas valve connections. Ask whether the inspector will be checking for things like the capacity of your tank and signs of corrosion.
Washer and dryer
Have the inspector check the hookups for the washer to be sure there are no leaks or potential hazards.
Have them check your sump pump, hose hookup, sprinkler system, etc. The goal here is to make sure there are no leaks, that there are no sudden drops in water pressure, etc.
The overall goal of a plumbing inspection by a company such as Mat Plumbing is to be sure that all of the “waterworks” of your home is in good working order. More than that, an inspection can help to find small problems before they get bigger and more costly for you. Having an inspection today can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration later.